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However overlooked ‘Stranger in Moscow’ is amongst Michael Jackson’s iconic discography, it survives as one of his most haunting classics. Taken off Jackson’s double-disc HIStory album, the ballad has amassed a near cult-appreciation since its release in 1996; the portrait of loneliness MJ paints in that song (and its unforgettable video) is eerily tangible. His performance is flawless.

It feels befitting then that an emotive band like Tame Impala felt inspired enough by the song to cover in such a delicate and respectable way. Impala’s softly curated palate of padded drums, coiling synths and echo-soaked vocals gives an exciting new dimension to Michael’s near-mythic original. This is wonderful.

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Devileyes is the new mixtape from London duo We Are Shining. The tape features 8 brand new song including ‘Devileye’, which we featured on 22Tracks, ‘Hey You!’ and ‘Wheel’ featuring Roses Gabor. Steeped in sound clash experimentalism, each song is a sprawling insight into the minds of both Acyde (yes sir!) and Morgan, known collectively as We Are Shining. Through an in-depth understanding of broken groove, kaleidoscopic beats and colourful textures – everything here sounds remarkably on-point.

Download Devileyes here.

Introducing French vocalist/producer Talos, and his dreamy debut single ‘Tethered Bones’. Taking a leaf out of SOHN’s book, and to be filed next to Gang Colours and James Blake, the ballad finds light in elegantly constructed atmosphere, while sombre synths carry an intensifying beat.

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As part of Converse’s ‘Three Artists, One Song’ project, Frank Ocean, Diplo and The Clash team up to deliver, arguably, this years freshest collaboration titled ‘Hero’. This is the first we’ve heard from Frank since his impressive debut channeORANGE dropped in 2012. His distinctively velvet vocals take on another level as Diplo’s orchestration serves up the goods. Honing it at under thee-minutes, the track takes a slightly rockier route towards the end and is giving befitting anthemic climax. Listen and download below.

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After a couple features here and there last year, and his absolutely stunning sophomore Total Loss from 2012, Tom Krell is back with brand new material. ‘Words I Don’t Remember’ takes off where ‘Cold Nites‘ and ‘Ocean Floor For Everything‘ left us; heartbroken but in awe. Once again Tom’s sublime vocals transcend the elegant, atmospheric soundscape of the record as soft synths are carried by sweet HTDW subtitles. No word on an album yet, but this is enough for now – great to hear that falsetto again!

After dropping their brilliant self-titled EP, New Zealand duo BROODS continue their glorious run with a heartfelt video for ‘Never Gonna Change‘. Mirroring the track’s darker aesthetic, you’ll find yourself captivated and slightly confused as to what happens on screen as the brother-sister duo take you on the waterlogged journey. It’s all very bizarre, but oddly entertaining.

Back in November, Son Lux dropped ‘Easy’, a gorgeously sophisticated number with swirling percussive instrumentation and haunting vocals taken from Lanterns, his most recent LP. Now, a certain teen sensation has jumped on the track to take it to the next level. Yes, it’s Lorde, and yes, it’s bloody amazing. Her eerily dark vocals add a certain rawness to the ghostly horns and mysterious soundscape. Alternate World is the new EP, it features this, and a few other tracks, and it’s out now!

Travi$ Scott flips King Krule’sNeptune Estate‘, adding fiery verses to the guitar soaked single. Archy’s iridescent “I can lay inside” is broken up by an interchanging backdrop which starts intensely but quickly simmers into a more soothing vibe. This is always worth your time.

Blaue Blume impressed us last year with their exquisite attitude towards melodies and stirring vocals on songs like ‘Helen’, ‘On New Years Eve‘ and ‘Jealousy’, and now the Danish outfit return with yet another superb number. ‘Lost Son of Boys’ continues their strong run and like their previous efforts is filled with honeyed vocals and transitive instrumentation. It’s so rather nice, take a listen…

File this next to ‘things that will blow’ your mind today.

Young Turks’ rising starlet FKA twigs teams up with R&B purveyors inc. to create a truly majestic collaboration which meets both acts perfectly in the middle. Twigs’ angelic, fragile voice traces inc’s dual-harmonies like a sophisticated aerial-opera. The nameless one-off single is being packaged as one-sided 7” inside an eight page ‘zine that Twigs made. The 7” and ‘zine will be limited to 400 copies worldwide.

Pre-order the 7” and view the ‘zine here and/or download the song via iTunes.

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